The 2015 UK General Election, the EU Referendum and, most recently, the US Presidential Election all produced results which most major pollsters and media outlets failed to predict. Amongst growing distrust of opinion polls across the Western World, Thomas Loughran considers the use of political opinion polls and where to go from here. The decline […]
Is the new PM planning to unite the UK through social justice?
Will Brexit Britain adopt a new social justice agenda? Dr Kathryn Simpson thinks that is the new Prime Minister’s plan – and here she explains how inequality and economic insecurity played a role in the EU Referendum outcome. The State of Play Since the EU referendum result on 23 June the domestic political implications for […]
Why Brexit is a bad idea if you want to avoid the effects of TTIP
While prominent left-wing critics of the EU argue that Britain can avoid the worst excesses of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership by leaving the EU, Dr Gabriel Siles-Brügge argues that a Brexit may actually be counterproductive. Stiglitz and the left ‘Brexiters’ ‘I think that the strictures imposed by TTIP [the Transatlantic Trade and Investment […]
After the ‘No’: Dynamics of Scottish Nationalism?
This is the first of what will hopefully be a series of short posts examining various constitutional, policy and political consequences of the ‘No’ vote in the Scottish referendum. Where will the SNP go now? They can hardly go for “business as usual” approach, now independence is off the agenda for an unspecified period. There are […]
Will tomorrow be a turning point in British politics?
This year’s European elections and Scottish referendum may signify a more profound change in British politics than the General Election in 2015, writes Ed Cox. Taken together, they present an opportunity for the people of the United Kingdom to send a clear message to the mainstream political parties. Tomorrow’s local and European elections are not […]